Italian Sparrows

The Italian Sparrows in Rome are dwarfed by the feral Pigeons:

Italian Sparrows - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The males are incredibly handsome birds, with glorious colours on their heads and back.

Italian Sparrows - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are different from the House Sparrow found in the UK. Italian Sparrows don’t have the grey head:

House Sparrow – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

They flutter in confident small flocks on the Roman stone roads:

The females are more subtle in their plumage:

Italian Sparrows - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are alive to any possibility of a crumb:

Italian Sparrows - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

But most of what they find isn’t food:

Italian Sparrows - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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